A Journey of a Thousand Miles

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It’s been quite a while that we are providing handwritten solutions to our valuable customers, all over the world. We think that now is the time for us to share some insight of our whole journey with our customers, up till this point in time. All great ideas come accidentally. Same thing happened with us. We initially started our services about two and a half years ago. Back then we were offering real handwriting. We received an order to hand write 500 letters. It was really difficult for us to hand write 500 letters. So, we thought why should not we automate this process of handwriting since world was moving towards automating almost everything. Eventually, we took the initiative and started our research. We wanted to provide a unique solution which nobody else was providing. At the time, different handwritten looking font styles were available. But the problem with using the fonts is that every instance of a font letter looks identical. They are certain and predictable. Handwritten looking fonts are easy to recognize and they only leave fake impression of handwriting. We wanted something which was more surprising and unique. We started analyzing how different people write. We did some deep research in the domain and it took us very long time than we anticipated to come up with an algorithm that gives more natural handwriting impression to your typed notes/letters. After developing the algorithm, we developed our software so that people can benefit from our capabilities all over the world. With our software application, we have no problems of fake handwriting impression. Instead, every word is unique and different from the rest. There are no two identical words. This is because, instead of using fonts, our algorithm generates unique style of handwriting for each word that is typed. Today, we are going to provide you a glimpse of how our algorithm works, so you can see how much we have worked hard to be here and how much we care about providing almost real handwriting solutions to our valuable customers.
We start with what happens behind the screen when you try to handwrite a letter. Our algorithm generates a letter corresponding to each typed word. First of all, a typed letter is hypothetically represented in an empty canvas with the horizontal grid lines (like the red box with the black, green and orange horizontal lines shown in the image below).

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Then, the grid of the horizontal lines is used to align the generated letter in a correct position so that all letters are exactly in-line with each other. But the problem arises when different letters are merged together to make a word. In our previous versions, we have been using the approach where we calculate the maximum width of a letter and mark the left most and the right most position with a tool we call a “marker”. You can see the round grey and yellow markers in the left most and the right most positions of the letters in the image shown below.

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After marking each letter individually, we close the gap between the left most marker of one letter and the right most marker of the next letter and then align both of them vertically in a line like shown below.
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If we hide the markers, the output would be somewhat like this:

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Although this technique solved the problem to some extent and our imaginary word looks nice and each letter looks unique, yet there is something wrong with the gap between some letters. Like, the gap between g and T and then T and q is too big to look natural. Most of us would have stopped here, having achieved this is a big thing we agree, but we are so passionate about our handwriting solution, that instead of stopping here, we did our best to overcome this obstacle by creating our amazing service that can generate original looking handwritten documents.
After a while, we started our research again. We asked a lot of people to do handwriting for us, so that we can identify some pattern out of it, which would help us to improve our algorithm. After spending years on this, we finally came up with the better way to do this. We would like to call it “Smart Markers”. Now, remember when the kid starts to learn writing, he starts to imitate words on the special kind of notebook. The notebook has grid of 4 vertical lines that has 3 sections to represent a letter. The kid is told to write each letter in these sections only. Similarly, in our case we have the upper section, middle section and the bottom section which are represented in the image shown above by 1, 2 and 3 respectively. In the image above ‘b’ and ‘T’ are represented in the upper and the middle sections, whereas ‘c’ is represented in the middle section only and ‘g’ and ‘q’ are represented in the middle and the bottom sections. At first, we used to place markers anywhere in the three sections, but then we realized that the gap between the letters can be closed better by merging the letters only in the middle section. It is easy to see when you hear it but very difficult to spot at first. So, we restricted our markers to the middle section only. These are our Smart Markers. Now, if we mark only the leftmost and the rightmost positions of all the letters with Smart Markers only in the middle section, then we will get the output of the following sort:

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If we vertically align the rightmost and the leftmost marker, then our imaginary word output would look somewhat like this:

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A preview of our imaginary word would be somewhat like this:

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As you can see, that the gap between the letters doesn’t look unnatural, this is due to our Smart Markers. Due to them, our imaginary word looks more unique and more real.

Now, that we have described our story behind Smart Markers on our imaginary word, which by the way was drawn from the mouse for the sake of explaining our algorithm, you can see the effect of Smart Markers in the writing generated by our software in the image shown below.

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As you can see, in our latest version (v 1.3.0.0) we have launched Smart Markers. The difference is clearly visible between the handwritten words written with different versions of our software. The words written with the help of our Smart Markers look more natural and more unique, than those written with the simple markers. We believe that we have improved our software with Smart Markers to produce more natural looking handwritten solutions. This all became possible after many years of our effort. Now, it all seems like a journey of a thousand miles, as we like to call it. We have put our all expertise around handwriting into play, and we have created this software that allows us to provide high quality service, thus keeping our clients from the past and gaining the attention of the potential ones. Our clients are open-minded and are willing to try new things. If you also are one of those who are willing to try new things, then have a look at the services that we provide at Handwritten Solutions. You will only benefit from our amazing services. We would like to thank our amazing clients because without their support, our amazing journey wouldn’t have been possible. After all it is all about you.

Use Handwritten Letters to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Differently This Year

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St. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Each year on 14th February, many people around the globe exchange cards, flowers and other gifts with their special “valentine” in the name of St. Valentine. There are different stories about who was St. Valentine and how this day came into being. History suggests at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend suggests that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he made marriage illegal for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice with young men defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he should be put to death.

According to another legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl (possibly his jailer’s daughter) who visited him during his imprisonment. Before his death, it is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is ambiguous, but all the stories portray his character as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly a romantic figure. Because of him Valentine’s Day is largely celebrated in the United States. In addition to the United States it is also celebrated, to some extent, in the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Australia and France.

This day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange handwritten notes to express their fondness to each other. It was an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct confession of one’s feelings was discouraged. I bet that most of the people have those letters/notes saved even now. They are saved in a box under the bed, hidden in the very corners of their closets or in the manila envelopes which are worn and ragged out at the edges. Whatever the container you will find the same thing inside – a collection of old handwritten letters – this is what that remains of their lives when they were young, beautiful and in love.

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We live in a world where technology has taken over human landscape. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about how technology has taken the personal connection out of things. We barely talk to our parents and relatives. We have more friends ‘online’ than in reality. Those who would like our Facebook posts once in a while and that’s it. We don’t even know who our neighbors are. It’s easy for us to type out things then to say them out loud. Everything now is about convenience and speed.

We have forgotten that the real relationships take time and effort. Who among us doesn’t appreciate the personal gesture, the idea that someone made a real effort on our behalf, rather than just spending a couple bucks for a card, some flowers or a box of chocolate? Any gesture of affection is lovely, but to really remain in your loved one’s mind and heart for more than 10 minutes is something amazing.

So, this Valentine’s day do something special for your loved ones. Revive the old times. Send them handwritten notes/letters accompanied with maybe some flowers and a box of home baked chocolate cupcakes. This will definitely make them special.

How to handwrite your Letter with our special offer:  

Some of us really want to handwrite letters but we think that we can’t manage on our own, the note wouldn’t come out clean, there would be spelling and grammar errors etc. This is where Handwritten Solutions help you. Although you are willing and capable to do it on your own but you want to make it perfect. You can type the content of the letter in any editor which will take care of your grammar and spelling mistakes, then copy from the editor and paste it here in the content field. Here are few other things you need to know to avail this special offer:

When you click on the link. This page will appear:

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In the passphrase field you need to type “Valentines2016” without quotes (like in the screenshot above) to get access and be able to get your letter handwritten.

You can change the color and style plus you can do additional settings as well like change paper width and height, background color, spacing between fonts, font size etc. under additional settings to suit your needs.
Once you have the content written in the content text area, you need to use “Download PNG” button to get the image of your handwritten letter. It would be something like the image shown below.

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After that you just need to take out the print of the image and send it to your Valentine. Although we usually do this for our customers only, but we have especially made this feature free for those people who are not our registered customers, to spread love and happiness this Valentine’s Day. It’s free to use by everyone. Please feel free to use it and let us know about your Valentine’s Day in the comments.

Odds are, that letter will be one of the receiver’s most cherished possessions for years to come.

Also check out what we offer to our customers at Handwritten Solutions 

Handwritten Solutions wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

6 REASONS TO USE HANDWRITTEN LETTERS

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We live in an era where the world is descending into chaos and confusion, where we are so absorbed in our realities that we don’t have much of anything to appreciate each other, to remember someone by and memories to cherish when we are old and tired. We can’t do much about the chaos in the world but the least we can do is to create some beautiful memories for our loved ones and take some time from our busy routines to tell our loved ones that how much we appreciate having them in our lives by using handwritten letters.

Now a days, our communications are electronic and they pretty much doesn’t mean a lot to us. They are rarely notable. The cost less convenience of sending a text message and email in a few seconds have made us somewhat heartless and boring. Whether you are trying to express your fondness to your loved ones, express gratitude to your friendships, impress your potential boss at work or simply stay in touch with your loved ones, here are 6 reasons why should you use handwritten letters.

1- They Create Beautiful Memories to Cherish Later:

When you associate an event with something it is engraved in your mind as a memory. Receiving a handwritten letter is not less than an event in a world of Facebook and Email. Handwritten letters create beautiful memories in your mind and in your folder, of course if you are fond of keeping them. How many of you feel happy when you find a post card or old letters hidden somewhere in your closet? I am sure we all do. Handwritten letters create beautiful memories that you can cherish when you are 70, share with your grandchildren or simply sit by the tree and remember old times by looking at old those handwritten letters.

2-They Provide a Personal Touch to Your Writings:

Personal handwritten notes are growing rare day by day. Electronic Communications have lost their personal touch. When you see the same words with same fonts and styles written in social media or somewhere over the internet a lot of times, you can’t feel connected to those words. Handwritten letters add a personal touch of belonging to your communications. They make you feel connected to the person. How would you feel if someone tags you in a Facebook post saying “Thank you for being in my life!” or “Happy Birthday!” in contrast to a handwritten letter or a note saying the same. It would surely mean something.

3-They Help You Score a Job or to Attract Potential Customers:

Jennifer Lawrence shared a story about scoring a role in The Hunger Games movie. She says:

“How do I let the director know that how obsessed I am and willing to do anything for the movie? Like, I wanted to write this one director a letter, so I wrote him a handwritten one.”

She ended up getting that role because director must have seen her dedication for acting. To score a job and to show your potential boss how dedicated you are to work, you should use handwritten cover letters with your resumes.

Similarly, you should use handwritten letters to advertise about your services. Through your unique and dedicated style, customers will be surprised and will be sure that it’s a not a scam service and may end up using your services.

4-They Express to Your loved Ones their Importance in Your Life:

It is a beautiful feeling to know that someone really cares about you, that you are their priority and you matter in their life. Your handwritten letter will send a clear message that:

“I have a plenty of time for you in my life!” and that “You matter! “

5-They Revive Old Times:

There is something precious about the old times that the modern technology fails to provide. During older times, people used to keep in touch by handwritten letters. They used to share their life miseries as well as pleasantries by writing handwritten letters to each other. We should send a handwritten letter to our parents or grandparents once in a while to give them a surprise and sense of joy that they used to experience in the past.

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6-They Serve as a Unique Gift:

If you send someone a handwritten letter it would be cherished more than any expensive gift. Things can be brought but sincere feelings for someone are priceless. Handwritten letter will deliver your sincere sentiments towards the recipient of the gift.

The need of using handwritten notes and letters is greater today more than ever. They are the next closest thing to personal visits. They are tangible and real. Letters mean more when handwritten rather than when written in Arial Font 10.

We provide excellent handwritten solutions in extremely affordable rates. We will do the handwriting for you, you just need to provide us your letter content. We will send you the handwritten document via Email all you have to do then is to takeout the print and deliver.

Why we don’t offer printing and mailing?

We have been asked this question many times from our current and potential customers. Today in particular I have been asked the same question 4 times already and it is not even a 11:00 AM yet. That is why I have decided to answer it in this blog post aside from answering it in a private message to our valuable clients.

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While it is long story, I will try to keep it short so it doesn’t become boring :).
We have initially started our services about two and a half years ago. Back then we were offering real handwriting. But this is subject to another blog post so make sure you check our updates to see why and how :).

We had few clients that were satisfied with our services and some other that were only interested, but we had a problem in front of us: Shipping costs. For our already established clients, it was an obstacle, but we were somehow dealing with it thanks to the fact that those clients were already familiar and very happy with the quality of our work so they were willing to pay the shipping costs and they have learned to plan upfront so they were ok with the delivery time as well. Unfortunately for those potentially interested clients it was reason to step back because of the too many variables:

  • They weren’t familiar with the quality of our work
  • They were not happy with the fact that they need to pay that much shipping and I totally understand them
  • They didn’t wanted to wait weeks before their package arrives and I understand them again

So why I am constantly mentioning high shipping costs and so big delivery delay? We are Europe based company. Our offices are located in Europe while most of our customers are US based. Our first client was from USA and last months reports showed that 87% of our current clients are US Based.

And because we are passionate about Handwriting, when most of us would just give up, we did our best to overcome those obstacles by creating our amazing service that can generate original looking Handwritten documents. We put all our expertise around handwriting into play, and we have created this software that allows us to provide high quality service thus keeping our clients from the past and earning ones. Those who are open-minded and willing to try new things.

  • Now no longer need to wait days even weeks for the package to arrive;
  • No need to pay those expensive shipping costs to get the documents because you receive them in your e-mail and just print them
  • No need to be worried if the package might be lost somewhere like it happened with one of our first clients

Those are only few of the things out of many that we do better than others.

As our business develops, hopefully one day we will meat our goal and that is to be able to have US based headquarters and finally offer full service with printing and mailing included, but currently we are still start-up and until that day comes, we have our amazing service to offer to our valuable customers.

Why to handwrite it, when you can simply type it? or the other way around?

As a business owner you know that customer acquisition is difficult and expensive process. But you are business owner with great idea and it is time for you to generate some leads. Among other assets available, you also want to start direct mail marketing campaign. And you need few things only:

  • Content for the letter
  • Contact list with the potential leads
  • Printer
  • Regular printing paper
  • Envelopes

Yes more or less that is it and you are ready to go. Once you write appealing content for the letter that you believe will bring you sales, and once your contact list is ready, the only thing left for you is to print the letters, print the labels for the envelope and that is pretty much it. Your campaign is ready for mailing.

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While it might work, the chances are instead of reading your letters, many of them will end up in the basket without even being opened.

Why? Because people will assume it is Spam. We receive so much mail every day and most of it it is just Spam. This is a big problem. All your efforts are wasted, message wasn’t spread around and no leads, no sales.

Simple solution from many points of view is to Handwrite the letters. You are probably wondering Why would you handwrite it when you can just type it? Well…

It is proven that Hand addressed envelopes have 85% higher open ratio than printed labels or printed envelopes.
There is something magical in the handwritten letter itself. Something that will make the people to be eager and curious to see who send them the letter and why? So instead of treating it as a Spam, they will open it.

Can you remember last time you have received Handwritten letter? Can you remember the feeling? You were rushing to open it and see what is inside. People will act same way. With all this technology around us, nobody handwrite anything anymore. Handwriting is part of the past already and this is what makes it to be even more magical and special.

To go back go our campaign, if what people find inside is printed letter the chances of not reading it are still high, so you also need to hand-write the letter itself.
If the letter is also handwritten, they will actually dedicate time, read the letter so your half on the way of making a sale.

The other half assuming that you have sent to the right person will come for itself just because your letter is handwritten. Why? How? Well think about it. By handwriting the letter you are giving a unique value and personal touch to it. You create special connection with the reader. Especially in the real estate niche, people need to earn your trust before they decide to buy their future house from you.

Little about the other way around? Why to type it when you can handwrite it. Thanks to our services, there is no reason not to handwrite it. Further more with our competitive prices, you have to handwrite it. That is at least what you can do for your clients, they deserve it. You have to add this personal touch to your campaign. Your business deserve this.

Some of you would say it takes a lot of time to handwrite it, a lot of effort, maybe your penmanship looks bad but now there is no excuse.

With our services, time is same. We do all job for you, you only need to print everything at the end. And the things you need to complete handwritten campaign are same again.

You need the content of the letter and you go ahead and type it. Then send it to us together with your contact list.
We will send you the generated Handwritten Documents (both letters and envelopes)
Now you need same printer that you would use for the Printed letters campaign. You can print everything for the same amount of time, and the campaign will be ready in a blink of an eye. The handwritten campaign, valuable one.
If you want it even more personalized you can even print on those famous yellow lined paper sheets.

To see how you can print envelopes with your home printer please read our related article

Do It Yourself – Yellow Lined Paper

Every business nowadays needs marketing in some way. And we know how popular direct mail marketing is, especially the famous Yellow Letters. That’s why we have decided to create small tutorial about How To Create Yellow Lined Paper at home, so you can use it for creating Yellow Letters marketing campaigns.

Dimensions of our Yellow Lined paper are 13 x 18 cm and all we need is:

  • Regular Colored A4 paepr,
  • Color printer and
  • Scissors or paper scalpel

To make it as easy as possible, we have prepared  Yellow Letter template in PDF format so basically you just need to download our template and print it.

Make sure you choose [Actual size], and don’t use [Fit to media] option, so the software you use for printing doesn’t scale it down or up, messing up the size. Also note that the document is in landscape mode. Possible settings are shown in the image below:

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Of course not to mention that you need to feed the printer with Yellow colored paper – A4 size.

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Once you print it, you only need to cut on the black lines. You can use scissors, paper scalpel or one of those paper cutter like we did.

You now have your Yellow Lined paper ready and you can start your direct mail marketing campaign using your original home made Yellow lined paper.

The end result will look like this. Don’t be afraid, be creative and try to experiment with paper in different colors. We have tried with white paper and it was also nice.

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Now that you know how to made Yellow Lined paper at home, what is the project are you going to use it for?

Print On Envelopes At Home, Break No Sweat.

So a lot of you might be asking how to print on envelopes. Well nowadays it is very easy and straight forward to print on envelopes. You don’t need any special kind of printing services, you can do this with your own home printer. With these few simple steps we are going to show you how to print on any kind of envelopes.


Step 1: Find the perfect envelope

The envelope is the one of the most important things here. Make sure that you have found yourself some nice colorful envelopes.

Step 2: Load the envelope

Put the envelope in the printer and align it. With the envelope aligned on its side (short edge first), the flap closed and pointing right, load a single onto your printer’s paper input tray. The envelope’ right edge should rest flush against the right edge at the paper tray. Move the sliding paper guide from Ieft to right, resting flush against the envelope’s left edge.

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Printing Envelopes

Step 3-a: Set up a document in Word

Keep in mind that the  dimensions that you are going to enter into Word must match the dimensions of the envelope for the print to be aligned. Otherwise  something unwanted might happen. Carefully place the graphic or text that you want printed. After this you are ready to go.

PC Instructions:
  • Click File > Page Set-up
  • Click Paper tab
  • Under Paper Size. enter Width & Height dimensions in inches
  • Click Margins tab
  • In Orientation section, click Landscape
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Setup a document in Word – PC
Mac Instructions:
  • Click File > Page Set-up
  • Click drop-down to the right of Paper Size
  • If your envelope size is shown. click it
  • If your envelope size is not shown, click Manage Custom Sizes
  • In the Paper Size area, enter Width & Height dimensions in inches
  • In Orientation area, click Landscape icon (shown right)
Step 3-b: Set up a document in Windows Photo Viewer

Of course if you use our services, you can’t use Word to complete the printing process. What you receive from us are images and you need to be able to set up the document when printing the image. In this case you can skip Step 3-a and go to this (Step 3-b). Open the image in Windows Photo Viewer, and from the Print menu, Choose Print (Ctrl+P). Select the proper paper size as in the screenshot below and press the Print button.

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Set up paper size in windows photo viewer

Step 4: Printing

Now as for the printing it might be a bit tricky, but fear not, we come to the rescue. So you need to access your printer driver to adjust the paper size. Here is the confusing part, in the document you created the height is lower than the width. But because the envelopes goes into the printer with it’s shorter side it’s width is larger.  In  the properties you need to inverse the dimensions for the print the match the envelope.

Step 5: Practice

The end result might not always turn out as you expect it, so the reasonable thing to do is to try out some new adjustments. Keep practising until you are satisfied with the results.

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Printed Envelopes